Wenger wants to stay on at Arsenal
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 16:18
Asked whether some supporters' actions in urging him to quit were disrespectful towards a manager who had brought nine major trophies, including three EPL titles, Wenger said: "I don't know".
Arsenal fans hold up anti - Arsene Wenger signs after the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on March 18, 2017.
Newsmen report that Gunners boss was speaking after a 3-1 Premier League loss at West Brom, a fourth league defeat in five matches.
Wenger said the club were not aware of his decision and nothing would be announced during the worldwide break.
Wenger now appears to be under mounting pressure, and is expected to leave the club come the end of the season. "We are in a unique bad patch that we have not had for 20 years and that is more important for my future".
Wenger confirmed that Cech was forced off with a calf problem and that Sanchez was substituted after a knock to his ankle.
Rival groups of Arsenal fans paid for two planes trailing banners to fly over the ground during the game, one reading "NO CONTRACT #WENGER OUT", the other "IN ARSENE WE TRUST".
"It's very worrying because we are not used to that [a poor run of form]", Wenger told reporters. It's obviously a big disappointment when you lose a game like that.
"We take all responsibility".
Arsenal's Peter Cech limped off with a muscle injury in the closing stages of the first half and that proved costly as his replacement David Ospina was at fault for West Brom's second goal.
"I chose to take him off and his ankle doesn't look good", Wenger said.
Former Arsenal great Thierry Henry, summarising events for Sky Sports, went further, castigating the players.
"It was a typical Premier League game".
Dawson's 12th-minute opener was cancelled out by Alexis Sanchez, but substitute Hal Robson-Kanu restored the hosts' lead before Dawson headed in his second goal with 15 minutes to play.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain described the team's display as "unacceptable" and apologised to fans who made an early start to reach the Midlands for the lunchtime kickoff.